Founder, CEO, and President of SUMMERSALT
A serial entrepreneur, Lori Coulter has 10+ years in swimwear design and manufacturing, new product development, brand management, and more for some of the top performing retailers and resorts in the country. She successfully launched one of the first retail mass customization start-ups to incorporate body scanning and made-to-order manufacturing for individual consumers. Her newest venture is SUMMERSALT, a direct to consumer swimwear and adventure brand targeting millennial women. Launched May 23, 2017, Summersalt outperformed projections in the first three months and is on pace to generate well over $1M this year. Summersalt has been widely covered by the fashion and business press including Fast Company, Refinery 29, Today, Glamour, Elle, Allure, Marie Claire, and more. An investor funded, direct to consumer adventure essentials brand, Summersalt offers a $200 designer swimsuit for $95 and is the first to fully embrace the direct to consumer model as a swimwear category killer with plans to broaden to travel essentials. Summersalt offers an affordable price point and try-at- home approach, all with aspirational yet relatable imagery focused on adventure, travel and fun. Lori has worked closely with resorts in Las Vegas, Miami and elsewhere to bring poolside style to a new level of glamour and sophistication by designing chic, elegant uniforms for servers at the country’s trendiest ultra pools. Lori’s uniform designs including swimwear, activewear and dresses now featured at many of the most exclusive resorts and retailers in the world including Wynn Resorts, The Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, MGM Resorts, The Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, ModCloth, among others. She graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in Saint Louis and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She regularly advises both entrepreneurship and fashion students at her alma mater Washington University
St. Louis-based food writer, blogger, and chef
Sherrie Castellano is a former health coach turned food writer, photographer and pop-up chef based in St. Louis, MO. A collection of Sherrie's recipes, stories and images can be found on her Saveur Blog Award nominated website With Food + Love. She’s created content for brands and publications like Absolut, Better Homes and Gardens, Chobani, Driftless Magazine, FEAST Magazine, Food52, LaCroix, Livestrong, SELF Magazine, Urban Outfitters and Vegetarian Times amongst others.
Art & Artist Advocate; Board of Directors President for Chicago Sculpture International
Emily Moorhead-Wallace is an art and artist advocate in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a BFA in sculpture from Miami University of Ohio and a MFA in interdisciplinary fine arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Moorhead and her partner, J. Taylor Wallace, combine construction experience and design expertise in rehabilitating their turn-of-the-century brick home on Chicago’s Southside. Moorhead’s work is exhibited nationally, predominately showing in the central U.S. She has been a featured instructor at various institutions including Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois among others. She has been an artist in residence at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, FugScreens in Chicago, Illinois, and the Springer School & Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Additionally, Moorhead is the Board of Directors President for Chicago Sculpture International, a non-profit member-based organization devoted to the creation of sculpture and championing sculptors
Partner at Via Partnership
Meridith McKinley is a co-founder of Via Partnership, LLP, a consulting group that works with public agencies, developers, cultural organizations and community groups to plan for, curate and produce public art throughout the United States and Canada.
McKinley has worked on high-profile public art plans for cities such as San José, Vancouver, Calgary, Nashville, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.; assisted communities across the country in developing new public art programs, and commissioned art for public and private clients.
Recent projects include curating and managing a temporary public art exhibition on the Louisville, Kentucky riverfront titled Connect/Disconnect, piloting a temporary public art exhibition series at historic sites titled Time & Place in Alexandria, Virginia; and co-authoring the Public Art Community Investment Plan for Nashville, Tennessee.
McKinley is active in numerous civic organizations in St. Louis. She currently serves on the boards of Critical Mass for the Visual Arts and St. Louis Artworks.